The Ragin' Cajuns men's tennis team opened the fall season last weekend participating in 11th annual Baylor-HEB Invitational in Waco, Texas.

Louisiana saw a pair of players advance deep in the main singles draw and had a finalist in the consolation round.

"For our first fall tournament the team fared very well," head coach Mark Jeffrey mentioned. "Our players defeated two guys ranked inside the top 75 nationally and defeated three players off the perennially ranked Baylor program. I was very encouraged by the past weekend."

Carlin Murray headlined the Cajuns participation in the main singles draw, advancing to the quarterfinals. Murray picked up three victories, the final one coming against Baylor's Marko Krickovic 7-6 (5), 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

Yanick Mandl collected two victories in the main draw advancing him to the Round of 16. Mandl opened tournament play with a win over No. 2 seed and the 40th ranked player in the nation, Harry Fowler.

After falling into the consolation bracket, Damian Farinola and Rick DeGroot combined for seven victories. The pair met in the consolation semifinals with Farinola posting a 6-2, 6-1 win to advance to the finals. Farinola's win streak ended with a loss to UT Arlington's Yauhen Yakulev.

In doubles action, the Cajuns picked up four first round victories. Mandl and DeGroot advanced to the quarterfinal round.

The fall season continues this weekend as the Cajuns travel to Tulsa, Okla., to participate All-American Championships at the University of Tulsa. More than 300 players are expected to compete for the first national title of the 2011-12 college tennis season. The prestigious nine-day tournament begins on Saturday, October 1 with the prequalifying singles event.


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